Energy

15/04/16
Author: 
Gary Engler

What is it with union and political ‘leaders’ who treat their members as if they were children not old enough to deal with reality?

15/04/16

[Four articles on the reaction to the Leap Manifesto, first from Rabble]

 

Rather than fearing the Leap Manifesto, let's bring on the debate

 

By Linda McQuaig, Rabble, April 15, 2016

 

That silly Leap Manifesto -- giving itself away right in the subtitle, which calls for "a Canada based on caring for the Earth and one another." No wonder it provoked fury and outrage.

14/04/16
Author: 
Christina Pellegrini and Jeff Lewis

Canada's big banks are cutting credit lines of struggling energy companies, heaping more financial strain on an industry battered by the collapse in oil prices.

Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Canada and National Bank of Canada are among those reducing credit lines as the lenders complete their semi-annual review of borrowing limits in the hard-hit energy sector.

 

13/04/16
Author: 
Thomas Walkom

It may scare some New Democrats, but this sketchy recipe for fighting climate change is not particularly left-wing.

The short document, available on-line, can arouse fierce passions.

Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley has called its centrepiece recommendations naive and ill-informed.

Writing in the Star, former party official Robin Sears has dismissed it as the product of “loony leapers.”

11/04/16
Author: 
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

China is the low-carbon superpower and will be the ultimate enforcer of the COP21 climate deal in Paris.

Chinese scientists have published two alarming reports in a matter of weeks. Both conclude that the Himalayan glaciers and the Tibetan permafrost are succumbing to catastrophic climate change, threatening the water systems of the Yellow River, the Yangtze and the Mekong.

11/04/16
Author: 
Martin Lukacs

The story has an air of inevitability. A rise in online communication has led to a inexorable decline of mail. Our local post offices, squeezed by the digital era, will soon be quaint outposts of a bygone era. What’s left to do but end door-to-door mail delivery, lay off postal workers, and hand over what remains to private companies?

11/04/16
Author: 
Tom Randall

[Webpage: Note that this artticle refers to new investment.]

 

Wind and solar have grown seemingly unstoppable.

While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels.

10/04/16
Author: 
Mike Hudema

Dear Premier Notley,

I support your government on a lot of things.

I was there the day it was sworn in, when thousands of people filled the legislative grounds. I was there when the first cabinet with full gender parity in Alberta’s history was sworn in. I cheered when - after years of an unfair tax system creating unequal burdens – the government raised corporate taxes. I cheered again when your government helped get the money out of politics.

10/04/16
Author: 
Mike Carter , Jonny Wakefield
BC Hydro has been ordered to develop a new plan to control sediment and runoff by April 22, after an Environmental Assessment Office investigation found elevated levels of silt in the Peace River.   Photo By Supplied - See more at: http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/site-c-breaches-environmental-conditions-failed-to-control-sediment-in-river-1.2227512#sthash.D15B4ps9.t20eQf5u.dpuf

Construction crews on the Site C dam failed to adequately control sediment and runoff into the Peace River, potentially hurting fish populations, Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) investigators have found. 

In a report issued April 7, the regulator found BC Hydro breached two conditions of its environmental assessment certificate aimed at minimizing the flow of silt and runoff into the Peace River.  

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